Global Academic Competition
Bring your best pitch to this year’s heavy-hitting business plan competition as 12 teams of entrepreneurial graduate students gather in an online competition for their chance to win more than $40,000 in business start-up cash and prizes. Only the very best teams are chosen to participate in the Cardinal Challenge 2021 playoffs.
The teams will present their innovative business concepts to a distinguished panel of judges comprised of experienced entrepreneurs and investors who thrive on providing start-up companies the valuable feedback needed to make their companies successful. Step up to the plate for your team’s chance to win this major league playoff.
Highlights of Competing
- Learn what it takes to launch a new business
- Gain valuable feedback from judges who are also experienced entrepreneurs and investors
- Build your network with investors and other entrepreneurs
- Compete against other global student startups
The 2021 Cardinal Challenge — VIRTUAL!
February 17-19, 2021
Compete for more than $40,000 in cash prizes.
Application Deadline: Friday, January 22, 2021
Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge
The Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge represents a prestigious, global academic competition with real-world opportunities and experiences designed to stimulate and reward innovative thinking and entrepreneurial persistence.Learn More
Cardinal Challenge Competition Format
The Cardinal Challenge will showcase teams’ presentation savvy in two formats: Business Plan Presentation and Fast Pitch.Learn More
Cardinal Challenge Competition Rules
Learn about competition guidelines, expectations, and eligibility.Learn More